Raisel Iglesias – SP – Reds – ESPN: 42% – Y! 30%
The Reds’ right-hander has really solidified himself now as a fantasy target. He had some blowups earlier in the season, but of late has really figured things out. Over 32 innings in August he has a 1.93 ERA, and has a 26% strikeout rate on the year. He is generating an 11.2% strikeout rate, and his FIP xFIP keep on dropping. Coming off of a monster 13 strikeout start, he has turned some heads.
Kris Medlen – SP, RP – Royals – ESPN: 18% – Y! 22%
Kris Medlen has dealt with major injuries over the last few seasons, but now is healthy and has found his way into the Royals rotation. He went six strong innings, and allowed three earned against the Orioles in the win. He has a career 2.98 ERA as a starter, with a 7.6 K/9. He has been serviceable when healthy, and that could be the case coming into the playoffs for fantasy.
Travis Shaw – 1B – Red Sox – ESPN: 42% – Y! 19%
Boston has put up the best offense in the last few weeks, and they are really doing it from unlikely sources. Jackie Bradley Jr, Travis Shaw, and Blake Swihart are all hitting nicely at the bottom of the lineup. Travis Shaw has become the everyday first baseman, and has even jumped ahead of Hanley Ramirez in the lineup. He is hitting .329 on the season, with six homers, and 13 RBI in 85 AB. The pace of these guys will likely not continue, but why not go along for the ride?
Stephen Piscotty – 3B, OF – Cardinals – ESPN: 37% – Y! 22%
The Cardinals players just go next man up, and that has happened once again. Randall Grichuk is expected to miss a few weeks, and Stephen Piscotty has stepped right in and continued to hit. He is hitting .321 in 31 games, with 12 extra base hits and four homers. He has hit both lefties and righties very well, and has a 37.7% hardball rate on the year. If you are dealing with sluggish players, Piscotty is on a roll.
Derek Dietrich – 2B, 3B, OF – Marlins – ESPN: 17% – Y! 8%
The Miami utility man is finding a good amount of playing time of late, and is hitting the ball well from the left side. With other struggling bats, like Justin Turner and Brock Holt, Dietrich is the guy to take a look at. He has a .404 wOBA off right-handed pitching this season, and a .382 wOBA in the second half. He won’t do much against southpaws, but he is a nice utility bat to add down the stretch.